White, William S. Citadel: The Story of the U.S. Senate. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957. Octavo, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Hardcover with dust jacket, archival slipcase.
Offered is a signed and inscribed 1957 copy of Citadel: The Story of the U.S. Senate. The book was written by William S. White. On the first free endpaper is the signature and inscription from President Lyndon B. Johnson, reading "To Felix McKnight, always able—always fair and my friend, Lyndon B. Johnson."
Citadel is a study of the United States Senate by the journalist William S. White (1905-1994). White reported for the Austin Statesman and New York Times, until later working as a biographer during the mid-20th century. Citadel was published in 1957 and aimed to give the general public insight into the inner workings of the Senate and the roles of its senators. White himself was well versed in the field, having previously reported on Congress for more than a decade, and being a close friend and advisor to Democratic Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson. White was also an admirer of the Senate, once referring to it as “the one touch of authentic genius in the American political system.”
"To interpret responsibly an institution so subtly complex, so frustratingly yet engagingly human as the Senate of the United States requires intimate association, perceptiveness and much reflection. These assets William S. White, the distinguished chief Congressional correspondent for the New York Times, has in full measure. He also brings to this book a declared but retrained admiration, a deep but not uncritical affection for what he calls 'The Institution.' (David Truman, Political Science Quarterly, 1957)"
Citadel was an almost immediate bestseller, and became one of the most influential works to detail the Senate of its time. Both Citadel and Senator John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage served to enhance the Senate’s popular image. This book is inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson to Felix McKnight. McKnight was the managing editor at the Dallas Times Herald in 1963, and coordinated the news coverage of President John F. Kennedy's fateful trip to Dallas.
Very good condition overall. Signature is bold, in blue ink on free endpaper. Some toning to pages. Some chips and creases to the dust jacket. Accompanied by a custom, archival slipcase with an inlaid image of a political poster for Lyndon B. Johnson.
Dimensions: 8 1/2" H x 6" W.
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